Course-related instruction

Librarians can work with instructors and faculty to integrate the Library into your ISU courses in several ways:

Online Guides for your courses

Course-specific Class Guides can help instructors introduce their students to a selection of discipline-based research databases, information literacy concepts and skills, print resources, and authoritative websites that are relevant to class needs and specific assignments. Partnering with a liaison librarian, instructors can tailor resource lists for specific projects or assignments, and also arrange for the librarian to deliver in-class instruction sessions and work individually with students needing research assistance.

To initiate a collaboration or to learn more about course-specific Class Guides, contact your liaison librarian.

Course-related instruction sessions

You can also collaborate with your liaison librarian to teach or co-teach an in-class course-related instruction session. These sessions focus on introducing students to discipline-based research materials relevant to their class or discipline, both online and in print, and learning the best means to gather and evaluate information from them. Whenever possible, active learning strategies and a student-centered approach are customary.  When you collaborate with a librarian, you can also opt for the course-related instruction session(s) taught by your librarian to take place in one of the Library's computer labs, allowing students to have authentic hands-on practice with the databases, resources, and activities being introduced.

To arrange for an in-class course-related instruction session, please contact your liaison librarian at least two weeks prior to the date the instruction is desired. The earlier the contact, the more you and your librarian can discuss your student learning goals and plan meaningfully toward the desired outcomes.

Distance Learning

The Instruction Department continues to strengthen the Library's distance learning outreach by consolidating information relevant to ISU students and faculty in DL courses in one easy to access place.  We recommend all distance learning students review our Distance Learning Guide to learn how to access our library resources and services from off-campus and to review our instructional materials that cover the most asked-about basics. 

Embed your Librarian!

Your liaison librarian can also work with your distance or fully online course!  You can enroll your librarian into your Blackboard or Moodle course for providing feedback to students in discussion boards or blogs, or work with your librarian to develop a live or archived instruction session via Adobe Connect or other video conferencing software.  In Canvas, you can also visit the My Library space (under Help menu in global navigation bar) to review the helpful Library tools we've made available to you as modules that you can embed into your Blackboard course pages, or use directly on the My Library page.  Among the tools available is Ask Us!, the Library's live chat tool for you and your students to use to connect with library staff as assignment or research questions come up.  Contact your liaison librarian for more information.

Tours and research visits

The Library's Instruction Department coordinates annual Freshman Orientation tours as well as tours for new international students.  New faculty or staff wishing to have a tour should contact their liaison librarian for a specialized tour and review of the collection resources and services for the relevant subject area. 

For non-ISU groups, tours of the ISU Library can be arranged for groups of alumni and other adult groups, when these can be accommodated. Request tours at least two weeks in advance of the desired tour.  Contact Jody Kalvik for more information.  See also our Tours and Research Visits page.

Note that ISU Class instruction needs are best met through instruction sessions (see above) rather than a building tour. Visiting high school classes planning a research day in the ISU Library will also want to review our Research Visits guidelines, and make arrangements well in advance of the planned visit.

Train the trainer

No time for Library instruction in your course?  Contact your librarian to discuss and refresh your own skill sets so that you can address the information literacy and library research issues relevant to your course assignments. Library databases, resources, and services change frequently and you'll want to be up to date.  Your students will thank you!

Other Library instruction

See also:  Library 160 

See also:  Library Workshops